Ask the Dental ExpertsOur philosophy is to help our patients achieve and maintain exceptional dental health. We work hard to make sure that our level of care is deserving of our patients’ respect and confidence. Our tradition of preventive dentistry is the basis for all service and care in our practice. We welcome all questions and comments regarding dentistry in the hope that we increase your dental "IQ" and help you make better dental health decisions.
Monday, August 21, 2006
Q: What processes does your office go through to keep things sterile and infection free (i.e. heat sterilization, gloves, plastic-wrapped materials) for each new patient? I read a news story about the potential in medical offices for high levels of germs so I wanted to make sure I knew what to look for.
A: The process that we use for sterlization in our office for each new patient in order to avoid cross-contamination is as follows:
-We place plastic barriers on areas that will be touched by either the doctor or the assistant, including light fixtures, drills, etc.
-Most of our materials are disposable items such as prophy cup heads, suction tips, paper head rests, and table cover tops.
-Between each patient we spray the room with an ADA approved disinfectant spray.
-All the instruments are placed in sealed bags and heat sterilized in an autoclave and are removed from the bag when the patient is seated in the dental chair.
-We follow the OSHA guidelines at The Medical Center Dental Group office.
One of our patients once commented that our office is covered in plastic!
Should you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to call our offices at 888.790.0309 and some one will assistant you in any further questions.